Friday, August 3, 2018

Rest in Peace Buddy

⬅️⬅️⬅️A week ago we bid our last goodbye to our dog, Buddy. It was a very emotional day and our hearts are broken. He's been with us before we have kids and have witnessed our ups and downs for the last 13 years. He instantly became my girls older brother. He's very loving, sweet, playful, overprotective and patient.

A year ago, his health started to go down hill. When we took him to the vet for his yearly check up months ago, we found out that his heart weakened. Buddy was diagnosed with a heart murmur. He also suffered from dementia and debilitating arthritis. He lose his appetite, unable to stand up, and peed on himself. The doctor confronted us beforehand that he's not going to survive for a long time. I was in denial for weeks and I clung onto the hope that he would go peacefully in his sleep, but, in reality, I knew the time had come.

So last Friday, we brought Buddy to the vet. The doctor told us that he's seriously in pain. I am not in favor of euthanasia, but it's the only avenue for Buddy not to suffer any more. Watching him in his last breath as he slowly closed his eyes was heart wrenching. We sobbed and cried as we said our final goodbye to Buddy.

I love the way how we still talk about him every day, yet I'm still pinned to that moment when we said our last goodbye. For the past few days I could hardly go to sleep and I feel so guilty for putting him down. It is something I wrestle with every time I go to sleep and tears would roll down. I am still torn apart by grief. He's been an amazing companion.

Today, his ashes arrived and we did a simple memorial for him in our backyard. Thank you for 13 beautiful years Buddy! You will be missed! We will see you at the rainbow bridge.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Atarah's First Dental Visit

Home Health Care Advantages for Seniors and Their Families

Home health care not only provides benefits for seniors, but it is very advantageous to their families as well. It has been shown that when our loved ones remain in their home, they are happier and recover from illness or injury more quickly than when they are in a medical facility. In addition, families of seniors have less worry because they know their loved ones are receiving the care that is needed.
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How Home Health Care Helps

Whether your loved one is elderly, recovering from an injury, or is disabled, home health care can help by providing them the assistance they need to perform everyday tasks. Often family members are the primary caregivers for elderly relatives. However, they may have jobs, small children, and their own household to take care of on a daily basis. This makes it difficult to always be there when they are needed. This is why services such as Arcadia Home Care offers elderly home care services.

Promoting Well Being for Seniors and Their Family

Because seniors feel more comfortable in their own homes, this is an atmosphere that promotes well being. Independence and freedom is important to their mental as well as physical health. Sometimes they need help getting to appointments, with maintaining the home, or preparing meals. A home health care provider can assist your loved one when you have other obligations. This helps to relieve the stress often felt by family members. They can have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are in good hands.
It is extremely important that the caregiver you choose and your loved one get along well together. If not, don't be afraid to seek another caregiver. This is just as important to their well being as the care they receive. Make sure they communicate well and have some common interests.

Sometimes seniors do not like to complain about someone that is taking care of them because they figure the alternative will be to move from their home to a nursing home. Observe them together, and ask you loved one how well they are getting along with their care giver.